December 20, 2007,
S.M. asks from Imperial, MO on December 19, 2007
4 Year Old with Flu like Symptoms
My four year old was fine when she went to school this morning. She came home around 2 pm and had diahrea. About an hour later she threw up. As of right now she is fine. She is just watching TV. Do I need to take her to the doctor? What do I feed her? What should I do? She is four and thank God, this is the first time she has ever been sick.
E.Y. answers from Topeka on December 20, 2007
I wouldn't rush her to the doc just yet. If she seems fine and doesn't have a fever, I would take the wait-and-see approach. Try giving her some chicken soup or just the broth and see if it upsets her tummy anymore. It could just be she had a tummy virus or she got a little food that wasnt quite right.
S.W. answers from Wichita on December 20, 2007
If your daughter is fine, then I wouldn't worry about it. Now if she does it again, maybe pay some more attention to it. Children are like adults, we all seem to pick up a little bug here once in a while. If respiratory-wise she acts as if she is fine in her breathing and such, I wouldn't worry about the flu since it is a respiratory disease. She, most likely, picked up a 24 hour bug. Just watch for worsening of condition.
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J.S. answers from Kansas City on December 20, 2007
This seems to be going around. Our sitters kids had it, then it had tricked down to our kids. The diarrhea and vomiting don't seem to last to long, maybe 5-6 hours (not continously, but off and on) Our oldest (12) had it last night and she said she feels better, but is really tired.
Hope your little one gets better before Christmas!
C.L. answers from St. Louis on December 20, 2007
Hate to tell you, but as long as she is urinating and m=not dehydrated, they are basically going to tell you that you have to wait it out. stay away from the milk/dairy products.
My 2-1/2 year old daughter has had diarrea for 7 days now. They said sometimes these viruses run a day or 2 and sometime 2 weeks!
S.M. answers from Kansas City on December 20, 2007
I'm sure it's just a little stomach bug. Put her on the BRAT diet until her tummy calms down. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. All those things are gentle to digest. Just make sure she stays hydrated and is urinating often enough. Otherwise you'll just have to ride it out. :)
S.B. answers from Wichita on December 20, 2007
This is so weird that you ask this question. My son just came home yesterday at 324pm and has had diahrea since he has been home. He told me that he went to the nurse after lunch and told her that his belly hurts. She determined that he was fine since nothing happened and there was no fever. I watched him all evening and he seemed to do better then all of a sudden it would happen again. I got him some gatorade and I gave him some pepto children's chewables. His last episode was around 11pm last night. This morning he has been fine. SO I am assuming there is a little bug going around. What to feed them....I have three kiddos so I will share with ya.....Chicken noodle soup, chicken broth, gatorade (they say pedialite, but have you tasted it YUCK!!) I usually water it down 50/50, toast, saltine crackers, bananas, rice. There is a diet out there called BRATS (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) works wonders. I hope this helps you and good luck.
B.S. answers from Kansas City on December 20, 2007
You are so lucky that this is the first time she has been sick! Does she have a fever? As soon as my daughter starts getting sick I always give her pedialyte. I think that it gets her better MUCH faster. As much as she will drink! I never worry about her eating. I don't make her, but my pediatrician has always told me to follow the BRAT diet. I am sure you can google it. It is bananas rice applesauce and toast. I hope this helps!
J.P. answers from Oklahoma City on December 20, 2007
I have a much younger daughter so I don't have much experience with sick babies, but I would definitely suggest calling your doctor. That away you can explain the symptons and they'll let you know what to do and if you need to take her in or not. Good luck. Hopefully this isn't a sign of the flu bug. Happy holidays!
T.P. answers from Oklahoma City on December 20, 2007
My 1 yr old and 4 yr old had the same symptoms several weeks ago and it was just a stomach virus, they had already had their flu shots. They told me just to put them on a bland diet, give pedialyte, and for the first 6 hours for them not to eat much. I hope this helps.